30th Anniversary SOCAN Awards Honour Canada's Most Accomplished Songwriters, Composers & Publishers

More than 700 of Canada's most accomplished songwriters, composers, music publishers, and industry leaders gathered on Monday night for the 30th anniversary of the SOCAN Awards, the annual celebration of achievement in music creation, publishing, and licensing.

Hosted by CBC's Amanda Parris, the gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto opened with an performance by songwriters Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, and Tavish Crowe of the global smash "Call Me Maybe." The trio were then honoured with the Most-Performed Song in the organization's 30-year history as SOCAN.

Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies were honoured for their historic achievements. As the Most-Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history, Kroeger was celebrated for his accomplishments in music creation with a performance by Dallas Smith of his hit song "How You Remind Me."

Robertson was presented with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for the influence that "The Big Bang Theory" theme has had on pop culture worldwide. The audience was treated to a show-stopping rendition of the song, followed by fan favourite "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies.

Jack Lenz was honoured as the Most-Performed Screen Composer in SOCAN history. Over his career, Lenz's music has been featured in Due South, Designer Guys, The Passion of the Christ, and Goosebumps, to name only a few.

At the show, the incomparable Buffy Sainte-Marie was inducted into SOCAN's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for her life's work in creation that now spans almost 60 years. Melissa McClelland, Fred Penner, and Josh Q delivered unforgettable performances of Sainte-Marie's "Universal Soldier," "Up Where We Belong," and "Til It's Time For You To Go," and Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos made the presentation.

The SOCANs featured additional memorable performances, including Elijah Wood X Jamie Fine (SOCAN Pop Award winners), Meghan Patrick (SOCAN Country Award winner), and 2019 JUNO nominee, anders.

The SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Producer was awarded to Frank Dukes, his second consecutive win in the category for his work on hits like "Havana," "Better Now," and "Pray For Me." Dukes also took home three SOCAN Awards in the Pop Music category and one in Rap Music.

Grammy-nominated producer Murda Beatz accepted the SOCAN International Achievement Award and a SOCAN Award in the Rap category for "Nice For What," co-written and performed by Drake. Though unable to attend due to touring in Europe, Drake received the award for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer.

For her recent meteoric global triumphs, Jessie Reyez was presented with the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award, and received two SOCAN Dance Music Awards for her work with Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa, and Sam Smith.

Ralph Murphy was honoured with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award for his prodigious achievements in songwriting and his lifetime commitment to passing along his great wisdom to aspiring music creators.

For the third consecutive year, Keith Power earned the SOCAN Composer of the Year Award for his work in television and feature films, such as Hawaii Five-0, Heartland, MacGyver, and Magnum, P.I.

The SOCAN Publisher of the Year Award was presented to Red Brick Publishing for their tireless efforts to ensure bright futures for music creators.

Bell Media took home the SOCAN Licensed To Play Award, in recognition of the company's dedication to Canadian music programming and commitment to fair music licensing. Representing the collective appreciation and thanks of nearly 160,000 members of SOCAN who depend on Canada's music-using organizations and businesses of every size to stay current with their music licenses, the Licensed To Play Award was presented by acclaimed screen composer Janal Bechtold.

"Music creators and publishers are the heartbeat of the Canadian music industry, not only are they achieving personal success, but they are an important source of international culture and pride for all of us," says SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. "We are once again thrilled to celebrate the incredible accomplishments and contributions of Canadian songwriters, composers, music publishers and music users, and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of tonight's SOCAN Award recipients."

Sponsors of the 2019 SOCAN Awards are Gowling WLG, Crowe Soberman, Yamaha Canada Music, Recording Artists' Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS), Hargraft, and Long & McQuade. Official charity partners are the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation.

The annual Gala de la SOCAN in Montréal, which celebrates and honours the work of SOCAN's Francophone members, will be held in September.

A complete list of winners at the 2019 SOCAN Awards in Toronto follows.

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2019 SOCAN Awards – Toronto – Winners List

Most Performed Songwriter in the history of SOCAN
Chad Kroeger

Most Performed Song in the history of SOCAN
"Call Me Maybe"
Performed by Carly Rae Jepsen
Written by: Carly Rae Jepsen, Josh Ramsay, Tavish Crowe
Jepsen Music Publishing
Regular Monkey Publishing
Crowe Music Publishing
Universal Music Publishing Canada
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc

Most Performed Screen Composer in the history of SOCAN
Jack Lenz

Cultural Impact Award
Ed Robertson for "Big Bang Theory" theme

Internaitonal Achievement Award
Shane "Murda Beatz" Lindstrom

Special Achievement Award
Ralph Murphy

Songwriters of the Year
Performer - Drake
Producer - Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney

Publisher of the Year
Red Brick Songs

Licensed to Play Award
Bell Media

Breakout Songwriter Award
Jessie Reyez

Hagood Hardy Award
Ernesto Cervini

Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award
Vincent Ho

Screen Composer of the Year
Keith Power

Folk/Roots Music Award
Colter Wall

Dance Music Awards

"One Kiss"
Performed by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
Written by: Jessie Reyez, Dua Lipa (ASCAP), Adam Wiles (ASCAP)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc

Performed by Calvin Harris & Sam Smith
Written by: Jessie Reyez, Samuel Smith (PRS), Adam Wiles (ASCAP)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc.

Performed by Loud Luxury featuring Brando
Written by: Joseph Depace, Andrew Fedyk, Nicholas Henriques, Cassio Lopes (ASCAP), MARLON McClain (ASCAP)
MRD – Music Revenue Publishing
Ultra Tunes Canada

Rock Music Awards

Performed by The Beaches
Written by: Leandra Earl, Eliza Enman-McDaniel, Jordan Miller, Kylie Miller, Nicole Morier (ASCAP)

"S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)"
Performed by The Glorious Sons
Written by: Brett Emmons, Jay Emmons, Chris Huot, Adam Paquette, Tom Peyton (BMI), Shannon Poole (BMI), Ryan Spraker (BMI), Frederik Thaae (KODA)
Black Box Songs
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc

"The Mountain"
Performed by Three Days Grace
Written by: Gavin Brown, Neil Sanderson, Barry Stock, Brad Walst, Matthew Walst, Johnny Andrews (ASCAP)
Inside Pocket Inc
Purple Planes Publishing
Mean Music Publishing Inc
Riot Express Publishing Inc
Baby Cats Music Inc
CCS Rights Management Corp
Wixen Music Publishing Inc
Hyvetown Music Inc

Pop Music Awards

"Pray for Me"
Performed by The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
Written by: Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, Martin "Doc" McKinney, Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney, Kendrick Duckworth (ASCAP), Anthony Tiffith (BMI)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd

"Better Now"
Performed by Post Malone
Written by: Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Louis Bell (ASCAP), Austin Post (BMI), Carl Rosen (BMI), William Walsh (ASCAP)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd

"Never Be the Same"
Performed by Camila Cabello
Written by: Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney, Camila Cabello (BMI), Rami Dawood (SESAC), Jacob Olofsson (STIM), Jonnali Parmenius (STIM), Alexandra Yatchenko (BMI)
EMI Blackwood Music Canada Ltd

"In My Feelings"
Performed by Drake
Written by: Aubrey Drake Graham, Noah "40" Shebib, Caresha Brownlee (ASCAP), Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter (BMI), Kinta Cox (ASCAP), Stephen Garrett (ASCAP), Orville Hall (ASCAP), Darius Harrison (ASCAP), Jatavia Johnson (ASCAP), Renetta Lowe (BMI), Adam Pigott (BMI), Phillip Price (ASCAP), James Scheffer (BMI), Benjamin Workman (BMI), Rex Zamor (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

Rap Music Awards

"God's Plan"
Performed by Drake
Written by: Aubrey Drake Graham, Noah "40" Shebib, Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels, Daveon Jackson (BMI), Brock Korsan (BMI), Ronald La Tour (ASCAP), Sandra Gale (ASCAP)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
Sony/ATV Tunes

"Nice for What"
Performed by Drake
Written by: Aubrey Drake Graham, Noah "40" Shebib, Shane "Murda Beatz" Lindstrom,
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada
Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd

"No Limit"
Performed by G-Eazy feat A$AP Rocky and Cardi B
Written by: Matthew "Boi 1da" Samuels, Belcalis Almanzar (ASCAP), Jay Fort (BMI), Gerald Gillum (ASCAP), Edgar Machuca (BMI), Rakim Mayers (BMI), Klenord Raphael (ASCAP), Allen Ritter (ASCAP), Earl Taylor (ASCAP), Jordan Thorpe (ASCAP)
Sony/ATV Music

R&B Music Awards

"Best Part"
Performed by Daniel Caesar featuring H.E.R
Written by: Ashton Simmonds (a.k.a.Daniel Caesar), Matthew Burnett, Jordan Evans, Riley Bell, Gabriella Wilson (ASCAP)
Robinson Heart Publishing
Sony/ATV Songs

Domestic Music TV Music Awards - Fiction

Murdoch Mysteries
Robert Carli
Shaftesbury Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

Keith Power
Seven24 Films Inc
Dynamo Films Inc.

Domestic Music TV Music Awards - Non-Fiction

Border Security: Canada's Front Line
Greg Fisher
Derek Treffry
eOne TV Unscripted BC Inc.

Sportsnet Central
Stephan Moccio
Murray Fleming
Sing Little Penguin
Rogers Sportsnet Inc
Universal Music Publishing Canada

Domestic TV Music Awards - Animated

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
David Kelly
Brian Pickett

Super Why
David Conlon
Peter Coulman
Steven D'Angelo
Rocco Gagliese
Terry Tompkins

"Ain't Easy"
Performed by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
Written by: Elijah Woods, Jamie Fine, Camila Cabello (BMI), Thomas Mann (PRS), Zachary Skelton (ASCAP), Ryan Tedder (GMR)

"In My Blood"
Performed by Shawn Mendes
Written by: Shawn Mendes, Geoff Warburton, Scott Friedman (ASCAP), Teddy Geiger (BMI)
Mendes Music
Sony/ATV Songs
Universal Music Publishing Canada

"Jackie Chan"
Performed by Tiësto & Dzeko featuring Preme & Post Malone
Written by: Julian Dzeko, Raynford "Preme" Humphrey, Luis Raposo, Louis Bell (ASCAP), Austin Post (BMI), Tijs Verwest (BUMA)
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

"Not a Love Song"
Performed by bülow
Written by: Jamie Appleby, Megan Bulow, Alyssa Reid, Elizabeth Lowell Boland, Nathan Ferraro, Brenda Mullen, Michael Wise, Karl Wolf
Blue Dream Songs
Red Riding Hood Publishing
Wax On Wax Off Publishing
GalleryAC Music
Heart and Art Music
Hyvecity Music
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada

"Call Out My Name"
Performed by The Weeknd
Written by: Adam "Frank Dukes" Feeney, Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye, Nicolas Jaar (BMI)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd
Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd. Canada

Performed by Khalid, Ty Dolla $ign & 6lack
Written by: Anthony "Nineteen85" Jefferies, Tyrone Griffin Jr. (N/A), Idan Kalai (N/A), Brian Morgan (N/A), Khalid Robinson (BMI), Ricardo Valentine (N/A)
EMI April Music Canada Ltd

Country Music Awards

"Good Together"
Performed by James Barker Band
Written by: James Barker, Gavin Slate, Travis Wood

"Walls Come Down"
Performed by Meghan Patrick
Written by: Meghan Patrick, Kelly Archer, Justin Weaver (ASCAP), Iron Songbird Publishing
Jackoby Songs
Downtown Music Canada

"Who's Gonna Love You"
Performed by Tebey
Written by: Tebey Ottoh, Ryan Lafferty (BMI)
BMG Rights Management Canada Inc

Achievement in Made-for-TV Film Music

My Daughter's Disgrace
Michael Nielson
ROP Musique

Newlywed and Dead
Michael Nielson
ROP Musique

International Film Music Awards

Jeffrey Morrow
Jean Beck (SESAC)
Universal Music Publishing Canada
Jeff Danna

International TV Series Music Awards

Paw Patrol
James Chapple
Graeme Cornies
David Kelly
Brian Pickett

Big Bang Theory
Ed Robertson

Achievement in Feature Film Music

Michael Timmins

Jeffrey Morrow
Jean Beck (SESAC)
Universal Music Publishing Canada

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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